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The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is a great place to live, work, and play. But tough economic times can stretch resources to their limits, taking a toll on vulnerable Pennsylvanians and putting even more people at risk.

But Pennsylvanians will withstand this storm together. From meeting basic needs for food and shelter to upgrading professional skills to find a new job in a high-demand industry, the commonwealth has a wide variety of programs to help people get through the tough times.
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File for Unemployment

Learn about the program that provides temporary income to qualifying people who have lost jobs through no fault of their own. Learn more...

Make Ends Meet

For help paying for child care, transportation, medical care, food and more, there are many programs throughout the commonwealth that may be able to help you. Learn more...

Get Help: Qualify & Apply Online

Many of the commonwealth’s assistance programs are included in an online database that helps you determine what you may qualify for and, in some instances, apply online, in privacy. Learn more...

Feed Your Family

The State Food Purchaser Program (SFPP) provides cash grants to counties for the purchase and distribution of food to low income individuals. The program is intended to supplement the efforts of food pantries, soup kitchens, food banks, feeding programs, shelters for the homeless and similar organizations to reduce hunger. Learn more ...

Heating Help

With a little knowledge and a little action, you can be protected from the cold and your heat can last all winter. Financial help may be available as well. Learn more...

Utility Help

Find out what to do if you can’t afford your electric, gas, phone or water bill. Learn more...

Health Insurance

See if you or your children qualify for low-or no-cost health coverage. Learn more...

Job Search & Job Training

The commonwealth can help link you with employers, find training, and more. Learn more...

Mortgage Problems

There are several options available to struggling homeowners. If you’re behind on your mortgage you must take action. The problem won’t go away. Learn more...

Veterans' Services

There are programs for families of active duty personnel, Persian Gulf veterans, older and disabled veterans, and many others. Learn more...Employment services for Veterans

Pay Less Taxes

See if you qualify for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit or Pennsylvania’s tax relief or tax forgiveness programs. Find out if you can have your taxes done for free by a trained volunteer who can help you claim specific credits. Learn more...

PA Rx Price Finder

The cost for prescription medications can vary greatly from one pharmacy to another. Enter your Zip code and the name of prescribed medicine to get a list of local pharmacies with price comparisons. Learn more...

Make the Better Choice

If you need a small loan, you can avoid paying the extremely high interest rates and fees charged by payday lenders. The Better Choice Loan is a smart alternative to payday lending that helps you save more of your hard-earned money—and even start saving for your future . Learn more...